/// Salesforce Names Former Oracle Exec Keith Block President and Vice Chairman
Salesforce.com just announced that it had named Keith Block as president and vice-chairman. If that name sounds familiar, it is the same Keith Block who used to be executive vice president for North America at the software giant Oracle. Still not ringing a bell? Block was the one found to be disparaging Oracle products in a series of instant messages with a colleague that were disclosed in the course of the complicated Itanium lawsuit with Hewlett-Packard. Here’s the best bit. “Nobody talks about Sun, even the Sun customers…it’s dead dead dead….Nobody wants to sell Sun…it baaaalllllooooooows….pig with lipstick, at best.” Block was referring to Sun Microsystems, the hardware company that Oracle acquired in 2010. Block’s departure from Oracle was confirmed a few days after those messages came to light. But enough about that. What’s he going to do at Salesforce? Join the board of directors, for one thing. It’s a big hire for CEO Marc Benioff, especially in light of the growing rivalry between him and his former mentor, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. Here’s the official announcement: Keith Block Joins Salesforce.com as President and Vice Chairman Leading technology veteran to head salesforce.com’s customer facing operations Block appointed to salesforce.com’s Board of Directors SAN FRANCISCO, June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the world’s #1 CRM platform (http://www.salesforce.com/), today announced that Keith Block has joined the company as President and Vice Chairman, leading the company’s global sales, customer support and consulting services organizations. In addition, Block has been appointed to salesforce.com’s Board of Directors.
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Salesforce Names Former Oracle Exec Keith Block President and Vice Chairman